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The Army-Africa Field Support Battalion NCO in charge of intelligence and operations, Sgt. 1st Class Tehran Jones, lays flowers at the base of the Manrico Ducceschi Memorial Site, also known as Pippo, during the WWII Commemoration Ceremony honoring the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal Awardee Pippo at Pian di Novello, Italy on July 31. “I will continue to support this ceremony as long as I am stationed here,” Jones said.
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PIAN DI NOELLO, Italy – Two leaders of the Battalion-Africa Field Support Army took part in a special Italian-American memorial ceremony at Pianaccina Pian di Novello, July 31, to honor the fallen and a local Italian hero .

AFSBn-Africa Executive Officer Maj. Duane Dumlao and AFSBn-Africa Intelligence and Operations NCO Sgt. 1st Class Tehran Jones, represented their battalion, the 405th Army Field Support Brigade and the U.S. Army community of Camp Darby and Leghorn Army Depot as special guests at the event.

Dumlao provided guest commentary and Jones laid flowers at the memorial site for Manrico Ducceschi, also known as Pippo. In recognition of his heroic actions in support of U.S. and Allied forces during World War II, Pippo was awarded a U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal at the Santini Building in Lucca, Italy after the war.

“It was very important to represent AFSBn-Africa and be part of this memorial event and ceremony,” Jones said. “It’s part of our history here in Italy.”

Born in 1920 in Capua, Italy, and using the military experience he gained at the Alpini Cadet course as a young man, Pippo organized and trained a resistance group with the aim of hindering Nazi operations in Italy during World War II.

His exceptional leadership abilities inspired youth teams to join the XI Partisan Zone. Led by Pippo, it was one of the most organized and combative resistance groups in Italy and one of the few that never suffered defeat. Partisan Area XI managed to disrupt and cause a lot of trouble for the Nazi and Axis powers in Italy. One of the group’s greatest accomplishments was the killing of a high-ranking Japanese admiral in June 1944 and the subsequent acquisition of very important documents, which aided US and allied forces in future war operations.




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Battalion-Africa Executive Field Support Army Maj. Duane Dumlao delivers remarks during an Italian-American memorial ceremony at Pianaccina Pian di Novello, July 31. . In recognition of his heroic actions in support of U.S. and Allied forces during World War II, Pippo was awarded a U.S. Army Bronze Star.
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Army Field Support Battalion-Africa Executive Officer Maj. Duane Dumlao and AFSBn-Africa Intelligence and Operations NCO Sgt. 1st Class Tehran Jones, participate in an Italian-American memorial ceremony at Pianaccina Pian di Novello, July 31, to honor the dead as well as a local Italian hero – Manrico Ducceschi, also known as Pippo.
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“I was happy to be able to participate in the event,” Jones said. “This is another great example of the cooperation and partnership that exists between AFSBn-Africa, US Army Garrison Italy, Camp Darby and our Italian communities. They are some of our closest friends and they always welcome us as part of their communities here.

For the past 10 years or more, a delegation from Camp Darby’s military community has participated in the memorial ceremony at Pianaccina Pian di Novello honoring Pippo and fallen Italian heroes, Jones said.

“I will continue to support this ceremony as long as I am stationed here,” he added.

The Africa Battalion of the 405th AFSB is responsible for receiving, maintaining, storing and issuing pre-positioned Army-2 stocks. The battalion is also responsible for linking national logistics capabilities and providing logistics solutions to Army units and joint forces south of the Alps, to include U.S. Army Europe and Africa, the 173rd Brigade airborne and other strategic partners to support two geographic combatant commands and enable readiness.

The 405th AFSB is assigned to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. The brigade is headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and provides material support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing theater support logistics; synchronize acquisition, logistics and technology; and leveraging the U.S. Army Materiel Command Materiel Enterprise to support joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit official site and the official facebook site.

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